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Bernie Tiede lost in the courts again Thursday, but he isn’t giving up.

'Bernie' Back In Court Tuesday For Carthage Murder

Oct 27, 2015
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Convicted murderer Bernhardt Tiede II, better known as Bernie to those who saw the eponymous film that helped win his freedom, returns to an East Texas courtroom Tuesday fighting the state's efforts to send him back to prison.

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When the East Texas mortician who inspired the movie "Bernie" was let out of prison, family members of the elderly woman he killed found out about his release from reporters.

Now, they're fighting to have their protests heard inside a courtroom.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will be fighting for his political life in the May 27th run-off election. He sat down with Shelley Kofler today to talk about the challenge ahead. Also, a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey looks at the recent uptick in small earthquakes in Oklahoma. Doualy Xaykaothao talks with Bill Leith, a senior science advisor at USGS. The man who inspired the 2011 movie “Bernie” is released from prison, and Jerome Weeks catches up with two local theater groups who have just announced their fall seasons.

Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson / Texas Tribune

On Tuesday, more than 17 years after Bernie Tiede shot 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in the back and tucked her body under potpies in a deep freezer, a judge released him on bond.

But his release comes with conditions — that he live in the Austin garage apartment of his moviemaking benefactor, Richard Linklater, and receive counseling for sexual abuse.

“I’m not telling you I like it, but there’s not much I can do about it now,” said Danny Buck Davidson, the Panola County district attorney who oversaw Tiede’s prosecution.